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4:59 PM 3rd November 2021
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Healthy Heart Tips: How To Enjoy A Healthy Diwali

Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Tip, written by the Health Promotion and Education Team at Heart Research UK

Diwali, known as the festival of lights, is a five-day religious festival celebrated around the world. The festival is celebrated by many different faiths, bringing family and friends together.

Here are some tips to help you enjoy a healthy Diwali.

Celebrate with healthier food choices

Traditional sweet treats and flavoursome food is a key part of the Diwali festivities, and it is fine to allow yourself to enjoy some of your favourite dishes. Avoid over-indulging for a prolonged period and try to make some healthier food choices, such as fresh fruit and unsalted nuts, rather than fried foods and sweets.

Healthy Food Preparation

If you are responsible for preparing food for the festivities, look after the health of your loved ones by avoiding too much fat, salt or sugar in your cooking. Include plenty of heart-healthy ingredients such as fruit, vegetables and wholemeal foods, for example wholemeal chapatis, brown rice and wholemeal pita bread.

Move more during Diwali

Take the opportunity to get more active during Diwali. Keep your normal routine going as well as finding opportunities to include more activities, such as walking and dancing. If you know you will be consuming more calories during Diwali, why not build a workout in at the start of the day to compensate.

We hope you enjoy a happy and healthy Diwali!

To help keep your heart healthy, why not try out some of the other Healthy Heart recipes from the website: https://heartresearch.org.uk/heart-research-uk-recipes-2/

Or have a look through the Healthy Heart cookbook filled with recipes from top chefs, celebrities and food bloggers:
https://heartresearch.org.uk/heart-research-uk-cookbook/